Validation of assessment practices

by | Jun 4, 2024

This micro-video (1.27 mins) is part of a series in the RTO Validation Module that can be downloaded from within the application and used as suits the organisation.

Key points

Revised Standards are very clear
Check 1.4 by doing 1.5
What must be done
A regular process

Revised Standards

1.4. The assessment system ensures assessment is conducted in a fair and appropriate way and enables accurate judgements of learner competency.

1.5. The assessment system is quality assured by appropriately skilled and credentialled people through a regular process of validating assessment practices and judgements.

Check 1.4 by doing 1.5

These two Standards work together. 1.4 says WHAT must happen, while 1.5 says HOW to check that 1.4 did happen and do something about it if there was a problem.

This is a review process because it happens after the event. The completed assessment work in the sample is being checked to see that the stated processes were followed and that all evidence is present. Also, any variations were acceptable under the rules of evidence, and assessors were conscientious in recording judgements.

What must be done

Every training product on scope must be scheduled for validation, including any ‘sleepers’ not being delivered. The RTO must address:

  • what the training product will be validated
  • when it will be validated
  • why it has been selected
  • what sample will be selected
  • who does the validation
  • how validation outcomes are used

A regular process

A regular process is systematic, repeatable, and orderly. Five key elements make for systematic validation.

  1. Validation schedule
  2. Random samples of work
  3. Standardised review tools
  4. Record of review
  5. Actioned outcome

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